September 8, 2016

Gov. Terry McAuliffe proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia, encouraging business owners, families and communities to make the preparations necessary in the event of an emergency.

“As the most historically active time for hurricane activity in our Commonwealth, September is the right month for Virginians across the Commonwealth to take precautions that could save their lives in an emergency situation,” Governor McAuliffe said. “Individuals, families and businesses should always be prepared in advance for natural disasters, accidents, and human-caused emergencies. The right equipment, quick reaction time, and the proper safety precautions are crucial in emergency situations and can make a life-saving difference.”

All Virginians are strongly encouraged to prepare for emergencies, including hurricanes, by taking these steps:

  • Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality.
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit for your home, office and car. Important items to have during an emergency include: cell phone backup power, batteries, flashlights, bottled water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and portable generator. Account necessary items for pets, children, elderly and family members with disabilities. For a complete list of important emergency items, visit
  • Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™.  Features include: National Weather Service warnings, customizable emergency plan, an emergency supplies checklist, the “I’m Safe!” text feature for notifying friends and family in an emergency, and an interactive map to identify potential storm surge risks.
  • Create a family emergency communications plan.
  • Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance. The Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency is here to consult with you about both individual and business coverage that can help you protect your family and your business. You can contact us at 877 | 226-9357 or visit our Web site at

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